Web Development Briefs: IBM, Palm, Be, AIIA

Web Development Briefs: IBM, Palm, Be, AIIA

Incentives for startups

So keen is the Australian Information Industry Association to attract more exhibitors at its annual software showcase, that one of its sponsors is pledging $25,000 in services to the best IT startup at the event.

Item3, an IT incubator funded by the Federal Government's Building on IT Strengths (BITS) scheme, is offering a package of business analysis and planning services, worth $25,000, to the lucky winner.

The winner will be selected from five finalists and will then be judged by Item3's advisory board.

More than just candy

IBM's developer relations director, Gina Poole, has indicated the "candy store" Web sites, which IBM currently offers for code downloads and white papers, will soon be something a lot more practical.

Poole's vision for IBM's developerWorks and alphaWorks sites is an online resource where developers can trial and test their code using IBM development tools.

Poole said such an environment is currently available as a preview on the vendor's PartnerWorld site (named WebSphere Studio Workbench). However, she does not expect to deploy such functionality for IBM's other developer partners until next year.

Palm swallows a Be

Palm is acquiring the technology of Be, the software operating system and Internet applications company, for $US11 million in Palm stock.

The PDA vendor is also offering jobs to about 50 members of the engineering team from Be. Be's technology has been used in Internet appliances and as an embedded operating system. Twelve months ago, Be claimed that one million people had downloaded the free personal edition of its alternative operating system.

Palm expects to put both Be's technology and the programming talent to work on its own projects. The deal is expected to close within the next three months, pending regulatory approval and a vote by Be shareholders.

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